(Pictured: Cyndi Lauper on stage in 1984.)
We continue here with American Top 40‘s countdown of the Top 100 hits of 1984. This is AT40‘s own tabulation of the hits and not Billboard‘s, a distinction that will be important later.
64. “All Through the Night”/Cyndi Lauper
34. “She Bop”/Cyndi Lauper
24. “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”/Cyndi Lauper
21. “Time After Time”/Cyndi Lauper
Cyndi, Huey Lewis and the News, and Lionel Richie are the only artists with four songs among the Top 100. (Nine others have three.) “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” will be in the first paragraph of Cyndi’s obituary, but “Time After Time” and “All Through the Night” are immeasurably better, and “All Through the Night” (which is down at #64 because it hadn’t finished its chart run when the Top 100 was tabulated) is another nominee for best song on the show.
63. “Love Somebody”/Rick Springfield. Does anybody remember “Love Somebody”? How about the movie it’s from, Hard to Hold, in which Rick Springfield starred? Anybody? Hello?
62. “Almost Paradise”/Mike Reno and Ann Wilson
15. “Let’s Hear It for the Boy”/Deniece Williams
6. “Footloose”/Kenny Loggins
Casey says that the Footloose soundtrack has tied Urban Cowboy for the most Top-40 singles from one movie soundrack, with six—three of which are on this show. (It is not, however, the #1 soundtrack album of the year; that’s Purple Rain.) Thirteen movie songs are on this year’s Top 100 in all, the most since 1978, when there were 12.
57. “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before”/Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson. This didn’t really happen, did it?
56. “State of Shock”/Jacksons
27. “Somebody’s Watching Me”/Rockwell
The way the rest of the Jackson family glommed onto Michael for the Victory tour in 1984 was a distasteful hype, and so was the lazy, uninspired Michael/Mick Jagger duet on “State of Shock.” Similarly, “Somebody’s Watching Me” wouldn’t have gone anywhere had it not featured Michael, although the fact that Rockwell was Berry Gordy’s son couldn’t have hurt it.
40. “Twist of Fate”/Olivia Newton-John. It’s a legitimate shocker to hear this at all, let alone up so high on the list. More than practically any other record on this list, it’s gone down the memory hole—and it went down fast. I don’t think anybody played it for long after it fell out of recurrents. ONJ herself quickly fell out of fashion, too. “Twist of Fate” was her last big hit.
38. “Oh Sherrie”/Steve Perry
37. “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues”/Elton John
33. “Love Is a Battlefield”/Pat Benatar
32. “Break My Stride”/Matthew Wilder
30. “Self Control”/Laura Branigan
In the 30s the show becomes a largely a blur, with a string of songs nobody really needs to hear again.
35. “99 Luftballons”/Nena. Casey plays a special hybrid edit of both the German and English versions.
22. “Talking in Your Sleep”/Romantics
12. “Out of Touch”/Hall and Oates
I’m not surprised either of these are on the list, only that they’re up this high. I can’t remember the last time I heard “Out of Touch” on the radio; if you’re going to program, for example, a dozen Hall and Oates oldies, there are a lot of better ones in line ahead of it.
17. “Dancing in the Dark”/Bruce Springsteen. Casey flashes back to the Time and Newsweek covers of 1975 that called Bruce “rock’s newest superstar” and says that fans and critics believed it. Then he says, “It wasn’t until 1984 that the entire nation discovered Bruce Springsteen,” with the release of Born in the USA. All except for The River doing a month at #1 in 1980, yeah, Bruce Springsteen was a virtual unknown.
16. “The Reflex”/Duran Duran. Casey says that from #16 on up, it’s all #1 singles. They include some of the most memorable records ever made in any decade. “The Reflex” doesn’t seem like one of them. Sometime in 1984, the Durans reached a point where it ceased to matter if their records were all that good; they hit big regardless.
10. “I Just Called to Say I Love You”/Stevie Wonder. Casey back-announces this by saying, “Stevie Wonder, phoning in the tenth most-popular song of the year,” thereby being inadvertently truthful.
5. “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)”/Phil Collins. Casey says this was the most-requested song of 1984 for Long Distance Dedications.
4. “What’s Love Got to Do With It”/Tina Turner
3. “Jump”/Van Halen
2. “When Doves Cry”/Prince
“When Doves Cry” was #1 for 1984 according to Billboard, but this isn’t Billboard‘s chart.
1. “Say Say Say”/Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson. As Casey introduced this, talking about two superstars pairing up on the #1 song of the year, I honestly could not remember what record he was talking about until he spoke the names. True, it did six weeks at #1 (in December 1983 and January 1984), but who plays it now?